Monday, April 20, 2015

Blooming Glenn Pork - PorkTASTIC!

This if for the retail store - which I Love. Love. Love. The employees who work there are all fabulous. Helpful but not pushy. The bacon is phenomenal. The pork is phenomenal. The ham. The many salads (broccoli, potato, coleslaw). They also have pulled pork. Brats. Excellent hot sausage. I mean, honestly, we haven't had anything there that we haven't loved. Oh - they also sell long rolls that beat Amoroso rolls and I never thought I'd find anything better than Amoroso. If you make your own pulled pork, these rolls soak up the BBQ sauce yet still remain buttery and soft without falling apart.
ALSO - they have big giant smoked bones for dogs for two dollars EACH. Not per pound. You'd pay 15+ for these bones in a pet store.
They have bakery treats that vary but if you find any cinnamon rolls with thick icing - BUY THEM. (You can also call and order them -even if it's only one). These are the BEST ROLLS I've ever ever ever had. I'm quite sad it took me so long to discover this place, but the upside is we did and it is WONDERFUL. Can't recommend enough!!!

Blooming Glenn Catering and Retail Store
1248 Rt 113
Perkasie, PA 18944
Get Directions
Phone number (215) 257-2710

Bobby Simones Worst Restaurant in Doylestown

Bobby Simone's in Doylestown has landed top sport for my worst dining experience ever.
And in Doylestown, I've been fortunate enough to never have a bad meal.
Saturday night, 4/18 - we (and by we, I mean there were 4 of us) arrived around 6:30 for dinner. No reservations. We had about 1/2 hour wait. When we finally were seated, we ordered apps and our entrees at the same time. We waited. And we waited. We were not the only ones. Everyone sat waiting and waiting. Our apps arrived. Slowly. Spaced far apart. The 4 people sitting next to us had arrived earlier than us and waited even longer than we did. A long lull between apps and our dinner. We ordered salmon, gnocchi, steak (medium) and pork chop. At 8:30, I grabbed the waitress and explained that our guests had a train to catch. Within two minutes, the salmon and gnochhi arrived. The gnocchi dish was the worst excuse for gnocchi I'd ever had. The 'gnocchi' all 4 of them, resembled burnt scrambled eggs. The chicken in the dish were rubbery nuggets. I sent it back, and because 2 people in our party STILL were waiting for food the people who had arrived before us still hadn't received ANY food, I declined to order anything else. After 10 minutes, the pork chop arrived. It was dry and overcooked. 10 minutes after that, the steak arrived. It looked like a Swanson Frozen dinner piece of meat and it included, what we all thought was a biscuit, but turned out to be mashed potatoes that didn't taste like either potato OR biscuit. I watched diner after diner approach their waitresses and complain. Long after we received our meals, the people (who had arrived prior to us) received their meals (2 of which were also steaks).
My gnocchi was comped at well as a round of drinks - still - my worst meal at TGIF like establishments were far better than our experience at Bobby Simones. This was by far, the worst experience I've ever had. Luckily, we were with people who were fun and made the most of the night.

Friday, October 17, 2014

In Full Swing Thrift (Was Full Circle Thrift)

In Full Swing used to be Full Circle Thrift and was located in New Britain. I reviewed Full Circle many years ago, and since then, it's been through many changes, most of them bad and finally, this new move and new store name is just the worst.
The new location has horrible parking.
I went in on a Thursday, which is normally "Ladies Day - 50% off" - only to be told they did away with Ladies Day Thursday. Again. They had tried that years before, lost many customers, and so they brought it back (and brought back the customers).
The new store has a typical thrift store smell (lacking at old location - maybe because it HAD been next to a pizza store!) but...this is the worst...I was shopping with my daughter and she almost stepped on a huge cockroach! We left immediately.
I'm super sad that this shop suffers from "what the boss thinks best" and refuses to listen to what the customers (and employees!) think is best. It's especially sad because donations go to help a womans abuse organization and now, the donations will suffer because of a lack of management.
Recommendation: Bug Exterminator! Pronto!!! Bring back the pricing charts (all sweaters 8.00, all blouses 6.00, etc). Bring back the daily specials. Too bad you can't move again because I'd also say find a better location that has better parking.
I'm happy I stocked up on clothes prior to the move - I get so many compliments and was always eager to send customers their way - very bummed I can no longer do that.
Life is short - enjoy what you have today for it may suffer from management who knows better than their customers!

Monday, September 1, 2014

Erotic Chocolate Lave Cake - Carmel Kitchen Warrington

Erotic Lava Cake at Carmel 
Carmel Kitchen - 1613 N Main St, Warrington, PA 18976
Phone:(215) 279-9607

Love this place. Great Angus burger. Love the bun. It's a giant flat roll that is crispy yet also soft. The fries are great. Zesty and crisp. The chickpea I loved the sauces, but, even though the fries had a zing (in the after taste), I wish it had been REALLY fried. John had lobster bisque which he said was great. Also, LOVED the custom cocktails. Honey (in Doylestown) always has really cool cocktails which I've never found elsewhere...until now. Do NOT LEAVE without ordering the molten chocolate lava cake. It. Is. Erotic. We also had the creme brulee which was really good and the portion was larger than most places serve. We sat at the bar, Andy was our bartender and she was attentive without being annoying. I LOVE the "ipad" like menu where you can read about the food AND THEN ORDER and it also shows how much your bill is going to be. I think that's ingenious.  Great decor. The only thing I didn't like was the music playing. Cheesy 90's music.
Great addition to the area!

Tuesday, August 12, 2014

Dr. Rachel Notte

This is for Dr. Rachel Notte -
She is awesome. She LISTENS. Her office is clean and exam rooms are clean and cozy. Her staff is AWESOME. It's rare to find a front office staff and a nursing staff, and a doctor, who are all caring and sweet and patient. Dr. Notte is thorough. One doctor once mentioned that her husband (Dr. Chris Notte) had fairy dust in his hair, and I think it's possible that Dr. Rachel Notte also has been sprinkled by fairy dust! I'm grateful there are doctors like Dr. Notte and wish there were more of them!

Bi County Medical Associates: Notte Rachel K DO
225 Newtown Rd Warminster, PA 18974
(215) 441-6650

Dr. Dinesen - Ob/Gyn

Dr. Jennifer White from the Doylestown ER advised me to see Dr. Dinesen (she highly recommended and trusted him) about a cyst I had on my ovary that had set up camp and was refusing to leave.
Great things: He got me in immediately (I had to wait over a month for Ianieri). The waiting room was nice. What I LOVED: the exam room was clean and nice. Dr. Dinesen came in and talked to me while I was still dressed. I told him that I felt I really did have a cyst on my left ovary but it didn't show up on an ultrasound (but it did show up on CAT scan) and he said "Ultrasounds do lie. They lie often." He answered all my questions and when I brought up I might just as well get all my lady parts out since that ovary gave me nothing but trouble and those parts weren't functioning anyway, and my mom had uterine/ovarian cancer,  he agreed and asked that I get cardiac clearance first since I'd had a problem under surgery before. He gave me a NICE pink cloth gown to put on after I got undressed so he could examine me. I was impressed, most ob/gyn give you these horrible paper gowns and are about as comfortable as wearing sand paper.
I liked him a-lot, he was no nonsense yet friendly, and took time to make his patients feel comfortable. Now, the only thing that made me hesitant, was the fact that he was sort of bragging how busy his practice is and how he pays his front office more than what other doctors usually pay - how he spends more (on the gowns/sheets) to make patients feel comfortable. I've been in sales, I've studied marketing and business - so those were things I'd noticed immediately. I felt like he was trying to  sell me on his practice - which made me start to question why he felt he had to sell me on it. I believe people should be proud of their accomplishments, and perhaps that was all Dinesen was doing - but it came off just a wee bit like bragging.
I had been told by one ob/gyn to keep my lady parts in, Dr. D said "take 'em out" and so I decided to see a third doctor, who I went with simply because I was a bit exhausted by making the rounds of doctors by that time (and my sister in law used her and loved her) HOWEVER,  looking back now, even though I'd ultimately choose Dr. Ianieri, I would have chosen Dr. Dinesen. Looking back, I think what I perceived as "boasting" was simply pride. And if Dr. D cares enough to provide nice gowns, a beautiful office, and nice staff - I'm sure he very much cares about the experience and care of his patients.

Thursday, August 7, 2014

Sundae World - Lansdale

Sundae World is a sister store to the Sundae School in Hilltown.  I always seem to get lost trying to find my way to Sundae School (women drivers!) so this new location is AWESOME for me (not for my hips though!) because it's closer and super easy to find.
They have CMP's here (as far as I can tell, it's same menu as Sundae School) which is old school up North (think Jim Thorpe area) favorite sundae (chocolate ice cream, marshmallow, peanuts). They have such a super large selection (over 60 flavors I think - it seems to change but it's always amazing). My favorite so far is the Key Lime Pie and Southern Pecan pie. My daughter loves the Dirt Sundae. One suggestion...only some sundaes come in "small" sizes. Perhaps they all do, and you simply have to ask (I will on future visit!) - but it would be great for people like me who love ice cream but try to eat healthy to have small size choices.
Parking is great - of course it doesn't have the unique character that the Sundae School has - but the employees are super friendly and it's super clean and it's just as fantastically delicious! And on Sundays - dogs get free ice cream!

Sundae World -1801 N Broad St
Lansdale, PA 19446
215) 872-8047